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Maryland state senators are getting an assist in their efforts to legailze medical marijuana. The help is coming from former talk show host and Baltimore native Montel Williams.

Last session the bill to legalize medical marijuana passed the Senate but was blocked in the House of Delegates.

Williams has helped lobby for similar bills in other states because as he battles with multiple sclerosis he has prescriptions for nine different pain medications that he says aren't effective.

"Unfortunately opiates don't work for me any more. I've used too many. So, I'm left with one course of action. now, most science realizes that it doesn't work for me as a pain reliever. It's a pain blocker," he says.

Williams has used marijuana for a decade and says it's the only way he can function normally. Republican Sen. David Brinkley of Fredrick is a cancer survivor who says the bill is vital for people who are fighting debilitating diseases.

"If my family or anyone that I particularly cared about or loved or whatever felt that they could get some type of benefit from using marijuana either through the course of their treatment or through some debilitating process, then we need to have a mechanism that does so," Brinkley says.

If it passes, Maryland would be the 16th state to legalize pot for medicinal purposes.

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